Most mobile tower sites depend on the fuel and tower companies largely pass on maintenance expenses to the telcos, analysts said.
A truce between Ericsson and the telco appeared imminent, with both sides veering towards Rs 600-700 crore as settlement amount that would end their eight-month battle.
The settlement will enable RCom to proceed with asset monetisation as soon as it exits the debt resolution process.
Earlier this month, Idea had launched VoLTE in Maharashtra and Goa, MP and Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
Ericsson has dragged RCom to bankruptcy court over non-payment of more than 1,000 crore of dues and has admitted its petition last week
Ericsson is driving a hard bargain to recover its RCom dues. But experts said changes in the insolvency law may come to the rescue of the beleaguered telco.
A third person said that the latest settlement amount being discussed is around Rs700 to Rs800 crore, after Ericsson rejected an initial offer of Rs 400-500 crore.
The co-founder said frequent price drops affects brand value and impacts second hand sale.
In the list of claims, a copy of which is with ET, the amounts include Rs 411 crore filed by Bharti Infratel, Rs 843 crore filed by Indus Towers and Rs 1,100 crore by some other operational creditors.
Jio has alleged that Airtel is using a network of nodes based abroad to offer its services on the latest Apple watch, which could lead to a security breach.
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